Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Fall to No. 4 Michigan in Thriller, 79-71
Rapid Recap: No. 4 Michigan 79, Penn State 71
What Happened: Penn State took a 32-32 tie with Michigan into the half and took the Wolverines' best punch in the second half. Penn State was within six with 3:08 to go but couldn't get over the hump against a good free throw shooting team. Four different Nittany Lions scored in double figures.
Player of the Game: Michigan's Trey Burke scored 29 points and dished out five assists in an impressive effort.
Turning Point: Penn State's Brandon Taylor missed an open 3 with 4:32 to go. The shot would have cut the Michigan lead to four. Instead, the miss and a Burke bucket extended the lead to nine.
What It Means: The Nittany Lions remain winless in conference play but have now put together a strong performance in back-to-back games.
On Deck: Penn State travels to Illinois on Thursday.
Halftime Update: Penn State 32, Michigan 32
Penn State basketball is looking to pull off an upset for the history books as the 0-11 in conference Nittany Lions take a 32-32 tie in to the half on the road against No. 4 ranked Michigan.
With sophomore DJ Newbill on the bench with three fouls, the Nittany Lions spread the ball around as Ross Travis and Sasa Borovnjak contributed seven points each along side Jermaine Marshall who led Penn State with nine first half points. Travis also pulled down six rebounds and was part of an effort that saw the Nittany Lions win the rebounding battle 19-12.
Michigan was basically a one man show in the first half as Trey Burke scored 14 first half points as his teammates struggled to find their collective groove in the early going.
The Nittany Lions will need another strong half from all of their role players in order to fend off what will likely be a more motivated Michigan team in the early stages of the second half.